Liebold and Ferguson Receive Certification at Summer Coaching Program
July 29, 2013
LEFT PICTURE- Coach LIEBOLD(middle) with her instructors Rock Light (left) Jeremy Fischer (right). RIGHT PICTURE- Coach FERGUSON(left) with one of her instructors Lori Shepard (right)
From July 7 to 13 Assistant Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Track Coaches Brianna Liebold and Erica Ferguson attended the USATF Coaching Education Level 2 program at California State East Bay University. Liebold and Ferguson had already completed the Level 1 certification that was intended as a starting point for coaches. The objective of the Level 1 program is to put all coaches on common ground by essentially speaking the same language. That program also covers all events in a rudimentary manner by emphasizing fundamentals, rules, safety/risk management, and instruction techniques.
The Level 2 program is intended to give coaches more advanced, in-depth knowledge in one event group of their choosing. The Level 2 program covers advanced sport science concepts and training principles.
The seven-day program focused on specific event groups such as sprints/hurdles/relays, endurance, jumps, throws and combined events which the coaches chose--focusing on the technical aspects of the chosen event group, techniques ranging from video analysis, group projects, classroom instruction, and hands-on training are utilized. The course also expands upon the sports sciences covered in Level 1 and covers training theory, sports psychology, physiology, and bio mechanics. The coaches were tested on all of those as well as event specifics and had to design a training program, too.
Coach Liebold stated, "This was by far the most in-depth education program that I have attended. We had exams every morning and sat through lectures all day and evening for the entire week. I learned a lot of information that is going to help me grow as a coach and enable me to provide the best to my athletes."
Coach Ferguson added, "Level 2 was a great learning and networking experience. I am very fortunate that I was able to attend and learn more about coaching the combined events while meeting new coaches from around the country."